Springfield, Mass., Water Department

Springfield, Mass., Water Department

GENERAL NEWS FEATURES

The annual report of the Springfield, Mass., water commissioners shows that the total receipts of the water department during 1913 from all sources were $415,233.04. Of this, the sum of $359,274.81 was received from the sale of water. This amount is an increase of $25,446.14 over the preceding year. As all water since April 1 has been sold by meter measurement, and not as heretofore, partially from fixed rates, it is difficult to use this figure in comparison to show the business done. The ordinary extension of mains into districts not heretofore supplied cost $28,079.00. For the retirement of the Little river serial bond issues $74,000 was paid and $22,746.69 was appropriated for the Ludlow sinking fund. Interest amounting to $14,375 on Ludlow bonds and $67,885 on Little river bonds, a total of $82,260, was paid. A total of $179,006.69 was expended on account of bonds, for interest, sinking fund and retirements during the year. The accounting system of the department, which was fully adequate for a city of a few years ago, has been outgrown in the same manner as the piping and distribution system of a few years ago and has been outgrown, and has been modernized along the lines of approved methods now in use by the best managed public utilities. The average use of water per day, including amounts furnished to nearby towns, has been 10,703,000 gallons; the maximum amount for a single day was 13,500,000 gallons, and the minimum use 7,000,000 gallons. There were 71,334 feet of pipe laid by the department during the year, 535 gates were set and 157 fire hydrants were set. Much work has been done during the year in eliminating the cement-lined mains. There were 38 leaks in the mains during the year and 116 leaks in service pipes. The gates have all been operated at least once during the year and a large majority of them twice. The Massachusetts Legislature authorized this department to issue $350,000 in bonds for the improvement of its system. Of the above amount, $250,000 has been issued at 4 1/8per cent.

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